A 1934 Shanghai B&W movie describing the travails of a young prostitute working to send her child through school. Generally considered a classic of pre-war Chinese films. The most famous role of film star Ruan Lingyu. Silent with English intertitles.
Chinese movies become public domain after the year of the 50th anniversary.
June 11, 2010 Subject:
Deeply moving -- this film provides a look at life in Shanghai, yet the setting could as easily be Chicago or New Orleans. "The Goddess" is beautifully acted, and I would recommend it to anyone. Be prepared, however, to provide your own music. I think Faure's slower orchestral pieces are a good complement to the general mood.
August 30, 2008 Subject:
It's always been pretty amazing to me how some silent movies (especially Chaplin) could convey a marvelous storyline and depth of emotion without sound. This film is of that variety with the mother fully pulling heartstrings through the entire view.